HISTORIC TRANSGENDER WOMAN FILES DISCRIMINATION SUIT IN FEDERAL COURT

Hello Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters:

On February 20, 2013 my gender discrimination lawsuit was filed in the United States 11th Circuit Federal Court, Florida Northern District Court, in Panama City, Florida. I have filed suit against the City of Panama City, Florida, The City of Parker, Florida, Michael Rozier, and Aaron Wilson.

There are Nine (9) Counts as follows:

COUNT I – FALSE ARREST/IMPRISONMENT (Against Michael Rozier)

COUNT II – FALSE ARREST/IMPRISONMENT (Against City of Panama City)

COUNT III – FOURTH AMENDMENT VIOLATION – FALSE ARREST (Against Michael Rozier)

COUNT IV – FOURTH AMENDMENT VIOLATION – FALSE ARREST (Against City of Panama City)

COUNT V – ABUSE OF POWER (Against Aaron Wilson and Michael Rozier)

COUNT VI – ABUSE OF PROCESS (Against Aaron Wilson)

COUNT VII – MALICIOUS PROSECUTION (Against Michael Rozier)

COUNT VIII – MALICIOUS PROSECUTION (Against Aaron Wilson)

COUNT IX – ABUSE OF POWER (Against City of Panama City and City of Parker)

I am represented by Civil Rights Attorney Marie Mattox who filed my original Notice Of Intent to Sue. I am grateful to her and all the members of  her staff, who did an in-depth investigation prior to accepting me as a client, and for all their hard work since then. My case can be found by searching on Google:  KAY V. CITY OF PANAMA CITY, et. al. and clicking on the link that goes to dockets.justia.com. I will keep you updated as we get closer to the trial.

In June 2013 I will make my first return to the Stonewall Inn in 44 years. On June 28th, 1969 the Stonewall Inn was raided by the police and because I was not wearing the required three pieces of men’s clothing I was arrested. The police detectives were being extremely rough as they handcuffed me, and I screamed out, “YOU’RE HURTING ME! STOP, YOU’RE HURTING ME!” As we were led out to the awaiting paddy wagons the crowd began screaming, throwing bottles, shoes, and whatever they could put their hands on. Within minutes it turned into a violent rebellion. After my arrest  that night I stayed away from The Stonewall Inn out of fear. My husband David and I will be traveling to New York City for the 44th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, with our dear friends from Cape Cod, Bob Isadore and David Bermudez. Bob is the President of the Cape and Islands Democratic Club and David Bermudez, like myself, is a veteran of the Stonewall Inn and the rebellion on June 28th, 1969. We reconnected last June when I spoke to the Congregation and visitors at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Bob and David had both come to hear me speak on Transgender Issues. It’s just amazing how after 43 years we met in Massachusetts.

I have been asked by the Founder of the Stonewall Veterans Association,  Williamson Henderson, to speak on June 28, 2013 at the Annual Conference as a representative of the Transgender Veterans and I am honored to do so. We will ride the Stonewall Veterans Float at the Pride Parade on the following day, Sunday, June 29, 2013.

For me this is an exciting event and a homecoming. I look forward to reconnecting with old friends whom I haven’t seen in 44 years. The Stonewall Veterans Association has provided support for all the veterans of the Stonewall Inn, including assistance with housing, monetary needs, and a list of generous deeds over the years. Up until this past year I didn’t even know they existed but I am quite proud of them and all they have managed to accomplish in remembering our true veterans of the movement towards equality.

As most of you know the largest portion of my year is dedicated to lobbying in Washington, DC with my husband David. We are committed to fully inclusive equal human rights for all American citizens through a civil rights act which we have titled the EHRA: Equal Human Rights Act. All Americans deserve full protection under the law and until we have Federal Legislation, individual States can continue to pass laws that discriminate against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people. The transgender citizens in our country are the least protected of all classes.

This year is proving to be very eventful and we are excited by the prospects for 2013.

Our Best to All,

Erica and David

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